Celebrate the season enjoying autumn activities at a farm or orchard near you. From pumpkin patches to apple picking, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the autumn with friends and family.
Take in the beautiful autumn hues at Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard. The orchard offers cherries, melons, peaches, plums and berries in summer and a variety of summer and fall vegetables including tomatoes, squash, pumpkins and ornamental corn. The orchard overflows with an abundant crop of apples from September through October. Numerous varieties are grown including Ozark Gold, Shizuka, Blushing Golden, Cameo and many others. A selection of Asian pears comes into season between August and October; grapes are harvested during September and are used to make the vineyard’s own wines, but are also available for the table. Of course, no visit to the orchard in autumn would be complete without a visit to the Kimmel kitchen for some delicious cherry or apple cider. Stop by the Apple Barn for fresh produce and gifts. Kimmel Orchard is located in Nebraska City, Nebraska. For more information, visit www.kimmelorchard.com.
Have a blast at Applejack Pumpkin Patch in Augusta, Kansas! Applejack Pumpkin Patch offers all your favorite fall activities from hayrack rides to corn and milo mazes. Scout out the fields for your perfect pumpkin – Applejack also offers specialty pumpkin varieties and gourds, as well as cornstalks for your fall décor needs. The kids will stay entertained racing around on the tricycle track, hiding out in the hay fort and digging around in the corncrib or sandbox. They can also catch a ride on the barrel train. Take your best shot with the pumpkin cannon, gourd gun and slingshot. Applejack Pumpkin Patch is open the last weekend in September through the month of October. For more information, visit www.applejackpumpkinpatch.com.
As fall approaches, the fields are filled with pumpkins at Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch in Papillion, Nebraska. Show up for the Great Pumpkin Round Up taking place from the last weekend in September through October to pick your favorite from the patch of more than 25 acres. Spend the day enjoying a hayride and explore the ranch’s grounds, which feature a ghost town and a pirate’s cove. Kids will enjoy meeting the barnyard animals in the petting zoo and horsing around in the children’s play area. For more information, visit www.bellevueberryfarm.com.
Get rolling to Wagon Wheel Orchard. Located in Johnson County, Kansas, this small orchard prides itself on big variety. Throughout the growing seasons, this family-owned and operated orchard produces a plethora of produce and boasts an incredible variety of apple trees – 133 varieties – the first of which were planted just over 10 years ago. The orchard offers pick-your-own fruit, and fresh vegetables are also available for sale when in season. For the latest news and information, visit the farm’s blog at www.wagonwheelorchard.com.
Reap the rewards of the season – visit a farm or orchard near you.